BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day, Peterborough 5th August 2018

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Re: BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day, Peterborough 5th August 2018

#16 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:20 am

£10 on the door isn’t it?
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#17 Post by StubbornPatriot » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:47 am

But if you pay on the door you can only park in the general car park, not with the club cars - on that basis, for me, it's not worth going. Then there's all the hassle with possibly getting a parking fine. The info on the web site is too vague to enlighten me as to what I'm going to and whether I'd be participating or just visiting.
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Re: BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day, Peterborough 5th August 2018

#18 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:54 pm

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But if you pay on the door you can only park in the general car park, not with the club cars - on that basis, for me, it's not worth going. Then there's all the hassle with possibly getting a parking fine. The info on the web site is too vague to enlighten me as to what I'm going to and whether I'd be participating or just visiting.
If you download the car entry form, then it's £7 in advance. But there's only a week to go now, so it'w whether you'd get your rear-view mirror hanger ticket in time. So it'll be £10 on the day for anyone now. The entry form makes no mention of a restriction on only being able to park in the visitor's car park on the day if you do this. The ticket tent where you present your pre-paid ticket is some way into the field - I can't see how they'd expect anyone paying on the day to drive up to it, pay £10, then drive all the way back and park on the gravel car park.

Supposedly, an advanced booking means you won't get picked up by the ANPR system in the park. I'm not sure how it works if you just make your way in and pay on the door, but for £10 you can safely assume it negates the ANPR parking charge. I guess the enforcement works on a reasonable delay of a week or two, so the organisers submit the list of paid-up attending vehicles AFTER the show is over and any outstanding parking fines are automatically cancelled.

Basically, every car follows the same route into the park and the display field is just a well-worn path off the gravel car park and onto the grass. The field is marked with "steel rod and bunting" style fencing and you're marshalled to the appropriate area. The R8 section is normally a straight drive past the ticket tent to the end of the field, a right turn, a drive about half the width of the field, and another right turn into our "bit." We've had people turn up unannounced and just park their R8 in our section.

The weather is looking good - it's usually a hot day. Not much shade on the field - you have to walk off to the trees on either side of it to find some. Food and drink are available, there's a Tannoy over which the host interviews various owners on the field, and there's a large autojumble. There's a raffle draw about 3pm and that's the unofficial end of the day.
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#19 Post by montegoman » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:54 pm

On the entry form it states that postal applications need to be in by 1st July. The number of applications by the 1st July determines the size of the area each club is given. Anyone paying on the day will not be parked with the club. They will be directed to a separate area by the organisers. This is the same as last year. It is done like this so that the rally field is not as spread out with large gaps. Last year they had the autojumble down the middle with clubs on one side and on the day entries on the other.
This is probably the second largest rally (after POL) for BLARG cars in the country and inevitably needs a lot of organising. It is frustrating that entries have to be in 5 weeks before the show but like all these things, they are run on a voluntary basis and people only have so much time to give.
With regards the parking fee pre-booked cars registration numbers are given to the parking company in advance. I believe people on the day are either given a code to input on the machine when they exit the site or their registration numbers are recorded and handed to the parking company. You will be told on the day when you pay what the procedure is.
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Re: BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day, Peterborough 5th August 2018

#20 Post by StubbornPatriot » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:57 pm

I downloaded the entry form when I got back from Gaydon (1st July) only to find that the car entry form says:-

"Pre booking will end on the 1st July!

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"Club stands will be organised by the 1st of July and stand space will be allocated around how many vehicles have booked into your club stand. This is to reduce the number of ‘No-Shows’, giving everyone a chance at a club stand nearer the front! On the day arrivals are still absolutely fine however your vehicles will be parked in your vehicles registration year area."

This means, I presume, pre-booking did end on July 1st and people who pay on the day can't go on the club stand as there will not be enough space allocated. Instead we will be parked somewhere else in our vehicle's registration year area. It's unclear where this actually is.
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#21 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:11 pm

5 weeks booking :scared

i still can't guarantee i'll be there and probably won't until friday if not saturday.

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#22 Post by Smithy » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:39 pm

The fact that you can't pay via an electronic method means that I now no longer attend.

I haven't used a chequebook, or had to post payment for anything else in years.
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#23 Post by 1234dist » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:48 pm

i can't go anymore as i need to collect the RS GTI and bring her home :clapping
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#24 Post by GTiJohn » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:28 am

StubbornPatriot wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:57 pm
I downloaded the entry form when I got back from Gaydon (1st July) only to find that the car entry form says:-

"Pre booking will end on the 1st July!

and

"Club stands will be organised by the 1st of July and stand space will be allocated around how many vehicles have booked into your club stand. This is to reduce the number of ‘No-Shows’, giving everyone a chance at a club stand nearer the front! On the day arrivals are still absolutely fine however your vehicles will be parked in your vehicles registration year area."

This means, I presume, pre-booking did end on July 1st and people who pay on the day can't go on the club stand as there will not be enough space allocated. Instead we will be parked somewhere else in our vehicle's registration year area. It's unclear where this actually is.
This was introduced last year and produced an "us and them" situation with a relatively small club area for pre-booked cars and a similar- if not bigger - number of on-the-day attendees away over the other side of the autojumble.

Looks like we'll have the same again....

The condoning off of spaces is by tape or rope so was ignored by some ....

We hope to have enough space to effect the club gazebo to give some shade on what looks like will be a very sunny day.

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#25 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:16 pm

Thank you to everybody who came to Peterborough today, we had a very good turn out and it was great to catch up with many friends. And it was a scorcher!

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#26 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:40 pm

You beat me to it John. I'll PM you the ones you're really interested in :wink3

And I'll add my two-penneth below. Very hot day but very enjoyable. Lots of interesting exchanges with lots of very nice people...

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Re: BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day, Peterborough 5th August 2018

#27 Post by 1234dist » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:52 am

Tbh looking at the space you still had, i think it daft to dump on the day visitors elsewhere. Could have double or even triple in the area provided. :headbanging
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#28 Post by swanndoggz » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:59 am

Not bad turnout for the club, still managed to park up with the club after sneaking round the back. Don't think this show can carry on how it is sadly. we couldn't even find the maestro club stand. still had good day its just a shame others are put off.

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#29 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:04 pm

swanndoggz wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:59 am
Not bad turnout for the club, still managed to park up with the club after sneaking round the back. Don't think this show can carry on how it is sadly. we couldn't even find the maestro club stand. still had good day its just a shame others are put off.
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Re: BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day, Peterborough 5th August 2018

#30 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:23 pm

It was supposed to be a "bigger" show than normal - the 25th anniversary - they had a special plaque commissioned and there was supposed to be a 25-year-old car stand. I took my K reg. as a result, expecting to be on the stand but no-one else had bothered so they just cancelled it.

Maybe making it a special 25th anniversary show had a negative effect, i.e. it was seen as exclusive rather than inclusive? I remember the Roverfest V8 show last year - it had a huge 200/400 turnout. It was suddenly more "inclusive" because it had invited all the other clubs along. I think people like to turn out in force almost by stealth rather than by rule, given half a chance.

I hope it isn't on its way out - it's always good weather, it's a nice venue that has good facilities provided on the day, and the previous 2 years have been very busy. Even the autojumble has R8 parts creeping into it now.
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